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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga denied in an interview published Wednesday, July 21, that he had come under any pressure from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to maintain the Tokyo Olympics, which remain unpopular in Japan in the face of the upsurge in Covid-19. ” We asked for the Olympics because we wanted them. If they (the heads of the IOC, Editor’s note) were trying to force something on me, i would reciprocate Said Mr. Suga. Two days before the opening ceremony of the Olympics and while the first competitions started on Wednesday, Tokyo is in the starting blocks and the Games will be able to be held in complete safety, the Prime Minister insisted. The Japanese capital, and its some 14 million inhabitants, recorded 1832 new cases of coronavirus this Wednesday, a new local record since January.